Ask the DA for July 26, 2012

July 26, 2012 By Charles J. Hynes, District Attorney, Kings County Brooklyn Daily Eagle
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I want to encourage residents of Brooklyn to attend this year’s “29th Annual National Night Out Against Crime” on Aug. 7 in their local community. Local police precincts generally host a National Night Out Against Crime, which representatives from my office attend in order to provide information about my office’s programs and services. This national event is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness, generate support for local anti-crime programs, strengthen neighborhood camaraderie and police-community partnerships, and let the criminal element know that their neighborhood is organized and fighting back.

While traditionally “lights on” and front porch gathering remain the cornerstone of National Night Out, some communities plan block parties, cookouts, contests and youth programs. Since 1984 the objective of this event has been to heighten awareness and strengthen participation in local anti-crime efforts. In that first year 400 communities in 23 states participated. Recent participation was reported to have grown to 37 million people from all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and military bases worldwide. Citizens, law enforcement agencies, civic businesses, neighborhood associations and local officials from over 15,000 communities were in attendance at the 2011 event.

Over the years the National Night Out has proven to be a positive, inexpensive and enjoyable gathering that effectively promotes our common objective of creating safer communities in our nation. This is an event to celebrate safety and crime prevention successes and to expand and strengthen these successes for the next year. I hope to see you Aug. 7.

For further information please contact the D.A.’s Neighborhood Office nearest you at (718) 250-2555 or Community Relations Bureau at (718) 250-2805.

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